In January 2015, terrorists attacked the Charlie Hebdo editorial office and a kosher supermarket in Paris. The killers were killed in a shootout with the police. Your helpers were now on trial.
In the trial of the attack on the French satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo”, the main defendant was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A court in Paris on Wednesday found Ali Riza Polat guilty as an “accomplice”. Accordingly, he aided the Islamists who attacked Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015 and killed more than a dozen people.
The 13 other defendants were sentenced to four years to life imprisonment. Three of them were convicted in absentia; they are wanted with an international arrest warrant.
The convicts had “resolutely assisted” the killer
Polat is considered the right-hand man of hitman Amédy Coulibaly, who shot a policewoman and killed four hostages in a supermarket after the attack on the magazine.
Judge Régis de Jorna explained his decision to the station France Inter, said Judge Régis de Jorna. He had sufficient knowledge of Coulibaly’s intentions.
The prosecutor had demanded life imprisonment. She had argued that the Frenchman with Turkish roots played a key role in the preparations for the attacks. Polat had always denied knowing about the attack plans.
Terrorists killed 17 people
The January 2015 trial against the terrorism series will be brought before a special terrorist court. In addition to the attack on the editorial office of “Charlie Hebdo”, negotiations have been ongoing since early September on the subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in the south of Paris. The terrorists killed 17 people. The three perpetrators – brothers Chérif and Said Kouachi and Coulibaly – were shot by security forces.
The defendants are said to have helped prepare for the attacks in various ways. The trial in the Palace of Justice of Paris takes place under strict security measures. He had been suspended for about a month because several defendants had contracted the corona virus. Most recently, Polat’s health had delayed resumption. He complains, among other things, of persistent nausea.